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Modi exonerated in Gulberg massacre case

Ahmedabad: The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre case, on Tuesday filed a final closure report and exonerated Chief Minister Narendra Modi of any involvement.

“No evidence against any accused named in Zakia’s complaint and no offence established against them as per SIT report,” Metropolitan Magistrate MS Bhatt said.

The SIT has filed closure report on Zakia’s complaint against CM Narendra Modi and others, the magistrate added.

The judge today also directed the SIT to give a copy of its final report on the case to Zakia Jafri, the wife of former Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, who was among 69 people allegedly burnt alive by a rioting mob on February 28, 2002 at the Gulberg Housing Society in Ahmedabad where the Jafris lived.

The judge said that Jafri should be provided with a copy of the report within 30 days.

In her petition, Zakia had accused over 50 people including Modi of being involved in the post-Godhra riots.

The SIT report, it is claimed, deals with all the cases investigated by the SIT, which include charges against the Chief Minister and 50 other individuals responsible for the post-Godhra riots.

Charges against Modi say that he allowed the dead bodies of karsewaks killed in the Sabarmati Express in Godhra to be brought to Ahmedabad, that he deliberately delayed action and called in the Army too late. It is also alleged that he knew about the threat to life of Ehsan Jafri but didn’t take any action, among others.

The Supreme Court had asked the SIT to investigate whether the Chief Minister failed in his responsibilities and whether there was a larger conspiracy behind the 2002 riots.

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BJP terms SIT clean chit to Modi as ‘big relief’
Agencies

New Delhi: Terming as a “big relief” the SIT clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gulbarga Society case, BJP today said ten years of vilification against its leader should stop now.

“No evidence against Narendra Modi says the SIT appointed by the Supreme Court. A big relief for us. Ten years of vilification campaign must stop,” Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter.

BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad that though the riots and deaths in Gujarat were unfortunate, Ahsan Jafri’s wife Zakia’s plea that Modi too should be prosecuted has been refuted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

The BJP maintained that the riots could not be the bogey for targeting Modi.

Prasad emphasised that the SIT was appointed by the Supreme Court which had also monitored its investigation into the Gulbarga Society case from time to time.

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